SDG 7.4.5: Provide assistance for start-ups that foster and support a low-carbon economy/technology

The university is always working on projects that have impacts on community sustainability. In this context, the university co-finances a project in collaboration with the CNRS-L (Lebanese National Scientific Research Center) to solve the traffic on Beirut roads, this will directly affect the carbon footprint.

  • Project: Cooperative intelligent transport systems: Solution for road traffic in Lebanon
    • Brief Description: The objective of this project is to use the infrastructure and services of the VANET network and artificial intelligence methods to solve the problem of road traffic in an area in Beirut (Lebanon Capital). In this case, the vehicles circulating in this zone can communicate with each other and with a control server to exchange information on road traffic via a secure vehicular network. This data exchanged and received by the server is analyzed using an artificial intelligence method. The results of this analysis will be used to predict the condition of the roads based on several factors (weather, time of visit, vacation, etc.), this allows the person to choose the right route and the ideal time to reach their destination.
    • Project Duration: 2 years.


The university aims to make a difference in minimizing carbon footprint by making an energy transition of a part of its electricity to “green” power. Studies are under preparation to initiate projects to establish hybrid renewable energy systems to produce power from clean renewable sources such as the sun and wind, rather than oil, and using clean fuel whenever possible.

IUL has a mission to transform its campus and to do so it focuses on energy efficiency. The use of solar energy as a way to combat problems related to climate change will be the indicator for this particular area of interest. focusing on the use of low consumption appliances, energy conservation program, construction of green areas, climate change mitigation and adaptation program and policies for the use of renewable energies and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The university is committed to regulating the total electricity consumption, water, paper and fossil fuels to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by reducing consumption. Moreover, the university is planning to rely on clean energy sources such as solar energy to provide affordable electricity to its facilities.

Furthermore, the university adopts the Air Quality Protection Act issued by the Lebanese Parliament (Law No. 78 dated: 04/13/2018), especially the articles of chapter 3 – The protection, and those related to the Fuel quality, to reduce air pollution resulting from the transportation and encouraging the employees to use less polluting fuels.

This chapter 3 declares:

The use and trade of fuel is subject to the specified specifications in accordance with Article 11 of this law and to the provisions of Law 341/2001 (reducing air pollution resulting from the transport sector and encouraging the trend towards the use of less polluting fuels) and its amendments.

Counting emissions from fuel trading (1-23): Emissions resulting from fuel storage operations must remain below the limit values ​​for emissions from stationary sources stipulated in Article 9 of this law.

The environmental conditions, including preventive measures, that must be adhered to when loading, transporting, unloading or storing fuel, are determined by a joint decision issued by the Minister of Environment and the Minister of Energy and Water so that the emissions do not exceed the limit values ​​of emissions from the fixed sources referred to in Article 9 of this law.